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Jerusha Loomis Brewster Farnham Papers 1806-1872



Repository: Knox College Special Collections and Archives
Creator: Farnham, Jerusha Loomis Brewster
Title: Jerusha Loomis Brewster Farnham Papers Manuscript Collection
Dates: 1806-1872
Quantity: 1 box
Identification: Manuscripts# 26
Language: English

Biographical Notes

Jerusha Loomis Farnham (1806-1872)) who came from New York to Galesburg with the original part of settlers in 1837. Her husband Eli Farnham((1803-1882))accompanied her and was the town’s first school teacher. He was also a trustee of Knox College from 1845 until his death.

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JLF’s diary covers the time from 1837 to 1838 during which she traveled with other settlers by covered wagon from Cazenovia, New York to Galesburg, Illinois, settling in temporary community called Log City. The itinerary was from Cazenovia through Auburn, Palmyra, Rochester to Lewiston on the Niagara River, crossing Lake Ontario by way of Hamilton. The party crossed the St. Croix River, followed the Old Sauk trail from Detroit through Dearbornville, Michigan, into Indiana and Illinois, on through Joliet, Ottawa, Vermillionville, Henepin to Log City.

The diary describes life on the road, as well as life in the settlement.

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Donor: Bessie Hinckley, granddaughter

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